This major is administered jointly by the Department of Biology and Department of Chemistry.
Biochemistry is a major that combines the knowledge of biology and chemistry to explain life processes in terms of molecular structure and chemical reactions within living cells. This interdisciplinary major has a chemistry-based curriculum, coupled with a significant biology component. The role of a biochemist is to look for understanding of organismal diversity in the principles and concepts of chemistry and physics, as well as in the structure, mechanisms and chemical processes that are common to all organisms. The Biochemistry major provides the student with a course of study that links biological sciences, like molecular biology and genetics, to physical sciences, like chemistry and physics. In addition, the Biochemistry major combines the interdisciplinary foundation inherent to biochemistry with all the advantages of a liberal arts education.
If you are interested in the Biochemistry major, then complete details about the curricula are available in the Student Handbook for the Department of Chemistry or in the course catalog. We also encourage you to read the notes under the Chemistry and Biology Majors in the course catalog because all items in those sections also apply to the Biochemistry Major.
The Department of Chemistry encourages you to graduate in four years. Below is a suggested sequence of courses that was designed to illustrate how a student could successfully complete the Biochemistry Major in 4 years.
Suggested Course Sequence for Biochemistry Majors
- The above schedule assumes that the student places into English 101 and Math 120. The following courses are also offered during summer session: English 101 and 102; Math 120 and 355; Chemistry 105, 106, and 248.
- "Cultural aware" refers to the broad category of Critical Thinking / Cultural Awareness courses offered by the University. Students must take a minimum of 21 credits from this category.
- Students taking Chem 117 in the fall may take Chem 248 or Chem 325 in the spring.